Reading: . “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”—Romans 16:20
Lord, I petition Your throne of grace again this morning. May I have grace given me today to “resist the devil, that he may flee from me,” to keep watchfully guarded every loophole of the heart. May I abstain from all appearance of evil, avoiding every place and every company where his unholy influences are likely to prevail. “Lead me not into temptation,” and, if tempted, Lord, make a way of escape that I may be able to bear it.
O adorable Intercessor within the veil, it is my comfort to know that in Your season of humiliation on earth You were “not ignorant of his devices.” You also, of him, “suffered, being tempted,” and You are therefore the more able “to aid those who are tempted.” I rejoice to think that, exalted on Your mediatorial throne, You shall reign until Satan and every other enemy be put under Your feet, and until the kingdoms of this world (so long usurped by him) shall become the “one kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.”
Heavenly Father, take this day all my beloved friends under Your guardian care. May they dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. May they, too, be able to take up the triumphant challenge, “God is for us, who can be against us?” and when their earthly work and warfare is accomplished, may we all meet in that sinless world where Satan’s seat no more can be found, and Satan’s temptations shall no longer be felt or feared. And all that I ask is for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Adapted from the Rev. John McDuff, D.D., The Morning Watches, 1852.